SÃO PAULO Chilean
copper producer Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile
(Codelco) is looking for alternative ways to export copper as
more ports in the country join the stevedores strike,
which started at Angamos.
"At Mejillones, we have the same
situation ... boarding (is) halted and a ship (is) waiting to
be loaded," a Codelco official told AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin. "At central Chiles
San Antonio, the strike began yesterday. Until now it did not
impact us much. Only a shipment with a small volume was
Besides Angamos and San Antonio,
workers at Antofagasta and Iquique ports in northern Chile have
joined the strike, according to local media reports.
Stevedores at Angamos went on a
strike March 16, demanding better working conditions from
Ultraport, the company which operates the ports.
Angamos is used by Codelco to
ship copper from Chuquicamata, the companys largest
project, as well as from the Minera Gaby and Radomiro Tomic
mines, according to information from Chilean newspaper La
Tercera. No details on the volume and destination of the
copper halted at Chilean ports were given.
BHP Billiton Plcs
Escondida and Spence mines also ship some material from
"The port is cleared and guarded
by Chilean maritime authorities. Talks with the union in order
to reach an agreement continue," the Codelco official
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.